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Peace and Conflict Studies

Peace and Conflict Studies combines an in-depth study on the causes of war and social conflict, and ways of preventing and ending them. Students address crucial challenges of the contemporary world and develop the knowledge and skills necessary for effective citizenship in the post-Cold War world.

With a commitment to peace, students examine issues of national and international security and the common causes of conflict such as economic disparities and religious, ethnic, racial or gender discrimination. Students develop an understanding and awareness of the responsibility of citizenship in an age of nuclear weapons; regional, ethnic, and religious conflicts; environmental deterioration; and global economic interdependence. This responsibility to construct alternatives to war and violence and to foster a just and peaceful world is integral to personal development, education, and civic life. The Peace and Conflict Studies concentration enhances one's capacity for global citizenship, whatever one's major and whatever career one may choose.

Program Highlights

The Peace and Conflict Studies program offers the environment and opportunity to:
  • Imagine a more just world
  • Examine political, economic, ethnic, religious and cross-cultural conflicts
  • Study alternative modes of conflict resolution and peace-building
  • Investigate non-violent approaches to problem solving
  • Apply religious and moral values to issues of justice and peace

Peace and Conflict Studies News

JUHAN Conference at Holy Cross Dives Into Complexities of Refugee Crises

Jun 29, 2017

“You must do something. Doing nothing is not a choice,” humanitarian scholar Michael Barnett from George Washington University said at the fifth biennial Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) Conference. The conference, titled “Principles in Crisis: Refugees and Responsibility,” was …

Holy Cross to Host 2017 JUHAN Conference

May 18, 2017

Community partners and students committed to social justice will participate in the 2017 Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) Conference, scheduled for June 27-29, at the College of the Holy Cross. The biennial conference, titled “Principles in Crisis: Refugees and …

Holy Cross Academic Conference 2017 to Showcase Student Work

Apr 21, 2017

As the academic year nears its end, more than 350 students will present the results of their independent work in the performing and visual arts, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at the 2017 Academic Conference, taking place across campus …